Says Pamela Weintraub, author of Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic:
[T]he CDC -and the Emory study it funded-- had broadened the definition of the disease to include not just those with the actual immune syndrome, but also people who were, well ...simply fatigued.You can read her whole post on the Psychology Today blog. It's almost a month old (sorry, I've been busy and not on top of this stuff lately), but still very relevant. Essentially, there has been a LOT of good research indicating that ME/CFS is biological in origin, but it has been drowned out by the CDC, which wants to classify the disease as a personality disorder. The CDC succeeds in this endeavor because it spends a ton of money on PR to promote its view.
Great. So not only are they spending our tax dollars on bad research, but they're also spending more of our tax dollars on bad media spin.